Former Manila Times journalist: Otso Diretso loss is bishops’ fault

Former Manila Times journalist Ermin Garcia Jr. decided to jump in the wagon of discussing the results of the May 2019 senatorial elections. But compared to other people, Garcia has a different take on the matter of Otso Diretso candidates not being able to grab a seat in the top 12 of the results.
Father Robert Reyes and Otso Diretso candidates / Photo from Inquirer

Blame the political bishops

In his Facebook post, Garcia talks about the political bishops and how they should take part of the blame of the loss of the Otso Diretso.

Garcia says that one of the reasons why he thinks the Catholics did not vote for the opposition candidates was because they were endorsed by many Catholics bishops and that people, before this, has harboured hate towards these people leading to disbelief and mistrust.



Ang resulta ng election ay nagpatunay na WALANG CATHOLIC VOTE sa Pilipinas. By insisting on it, pinahina lang ng politicized clergy ang influence ng mga Katoliko sa kanilang communities,” he says.

Bishops cannot threaten the Filipinos

Aside from this, Garcia also said that the Bishops cannot threaten those who are “informed”.

Continuing on, he says that these people should accept that Rodrigo Duterte is the president of the Philippine and that they should not “question God’s plan and allow God’s people to work on God’s blessings”.

Read his full post here:

"THE POLITICAL MESSAGE TO POLITICIZED CLERGY - - - The political bishops must take part of the blame for the complete rejection of OTSO DERETSO.

Marami sa mga nawalang boto ay pagdiin ng pagkagalit sa pakikialam ng ilang obispo, pare at madre sa politika, at pag gamit sa pangalan ng Diyos sa pananakot sa mga Katolikong botante.

Ang resulta ng election ay nagpatunay na WALANG CATHOLIC VOTE sa Pilipinas. By insisting on it, pinahina lang ng politicized clergy ang influence ng mga Katoliko sa kanilang communities.

Know that millions of Catholics with deep faith ay mga well informed. Bishops can't threaten them, they can't dictate terms beyond God's Word. Alam ng mga Katoliko kung kelan ginagamit ang pangalan ng Diyos sa maling paraan - using God's name in vain!!

Hopefully, the politicized members of clergy will now accept that God works in mysterious ways, not in the ways of man.

FINALLY, accept that our country elected Du30 as president. The bishops (and the running priest) should learn to stop questioning God's plan and allow God's people to work on God's blessings.

Accept the truth that God's plan was conveyed in the results of 2016 and 2019 elections. Return to God as Jesus' true disciples, this is what the faithful want.

Stop lending yourselves to plots to destabilize the government."


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